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169.: From JOSEPH BLACK - Adam Smith, Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence Vol. 6 Correspondence of Adam Smith 
Correspondence of Adam Smith, ed. E. C. Mossner and I. S. Ross, vol. VI of the Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1987).
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From JOSEPH BLACK
MS., RSE viii. 9; William Smellie, Characteristical Lives of . . . Gregory, Kames, Hume, and Smith (Edinburgh, 1800), 172 (in part); HL ii. 449.
Edinburgh, Monday 26 Aug. 1776
Yesterday about 4 o’clock afternoon Mr Hume expired. The immediate approach of his Death became evident in the night between Thursday and Friday when the looseness became very excessive and was attended with vomiting now and then. This continued the greater part of the time that remained and soon weakened him so much that he could no longer rise out of his bed. He continued to the last perfectly sensible and free from much pain or feelings of distress. He never dropped the smallest expression of impatience but when he had occasion to speak to the people about him always did it with affection and tenderness. I thought it improper to write to bring you over, especially as I heard that he had dictated a letter to you on Thursday or wednesday desiring you not to come. When he became very weak it cost him an effort to speak and he died in such a happy composure of mind that nothing could have made it better.